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Bo Hirsch

Papa Clem is a homebred campaigned by Bo Hirsch, who named the colt after his father, the legendary Clement L. Hirsch. A successful owner and breeder in California for about 40 years until his death in 2000, the elder Hirsch was instrumental in the establishment of the Oak Tree Racing Association. Clement Hirsch served as the first president of the not-for-profit organization, which has operated a meeting at Santa Anita every fall since 1969. Proceeds from the Oak Tree meetings are directed to deserving projects, including the Center for Equine Health and Performance at the University of California at Davis, the Race Track Chaplaincy and the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. During his tenure as president, Clement Hirsch also helped Oak Tree to stage the Breeders' Cup in 1986 and 1993. In recognition of his accomplishments, two major races have been named in his honor -- the Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship S. (G1) at Oak Tree and the Clement L. Hirsch H. (G2) for distaffers at Del Mar. As an owner, he raced such notables as *Figonero, winner of the 1969 Hollywood Gold Cup, and Magical Maiden, victress of the 1991 Hollywood Starlet S. (G1) and 1992 Las Virgenes S. (G1). Magical Maiden went on to produce Miss Houdini, who captured the 2002 Del Mar Debutante S. (G1) for Bo Hirsch. Miss Houdini later became the dam of Papa Clem. In keeping with the all-in-the-family connections, Figonero, Magical Maiden and Miss Houdini were all trained by Warren Stute, the late uncle of Papa Clem's trainer, Gary Stute.

California Chrome Cruises to Victory in 140th Kentucky Derby before Crowd of 164,906

Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's favored California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I). A sun-splashed crowd of 164,906, the second-largest attendance in Kentucky Derby history, watched California Chrome give jockey Victor Espinoza a second Derby victory to go with his triumph on War Emblem in 2002.

Global View Nips Storming Inti at Wire to Win 23rd Running of Grade II American Turf

Glen Hill Farm's Global View caught Storming Inti in the closing strides

Midnight Lucky Romps in 28th Running of Grade I Humana Distaff

Midnight Lucky, making her first start in more than 11 months, took the lead out of the gate

Coffee Clique Catches Dame Marie Late to Win 29th Running of Grade II Churchill Distaff Turf Mile

Coffee Clique squeezed through an opening along the hedge

Derby Week Concludes with Memorable Kentucky Derby 140 as California Chrome Wins America’s Greatest Race

164,906 fans pack historic Churchill Downs

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Kentucky Derby 140 presented by Yum! - The Race

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California Chrome is attempting to become only the fourth California-bred, Kentucky Derby winner in history and the first since Decidedly in 1962.